Australia swelters in record high temperatures

Australia swelters in record high temperatures

Australia swelters in record high temperatures

The city of Sydney recorded its hottest day on Sunday with the mercury hitting 47.3 degrees Celsius after nearly 80 years, according to Australian weather authorities.

The agency had predicted that temperatures would soar, tweeting: "Are we forecasting all time record high temperatures today?"

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson told ABC News this morning that "a weak change should drop temperatures a little bit this evening, but it's quite a short lived change and it will get warm again shouldn't get as hot, but western parts of Sydney should see 40C tomorrow again", the spokesperson said. "No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close".

The greater Sydney area was given a severe fire danger rating, local media reported, while much of the rest of the state was issued with a very high rating.

A total fire ban is in place across Sydney and the Hunter region as NSW residents face temperatures soaring into the mid-40s.

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Temperatures are forecast to hit 40degC in Sydney's CBD.

Australian and English cricketers slogging through the final Ashes match in Sydney may have also experienced the hottest day on record for a Test match in Australia.

The hashtag refers to an old sun safety campaign - "Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat".

People have flocked to the beach and tennis players been forced off court on Sydney's hottest day for 79 years.

There's some relief in sight however, with temperatures predicted to be slightly "colder" Monday - a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius or 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit for those hunkering down in the cold further north.

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